As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

‘Ospreys ideal bird for GPS tracking of migration’

02/04/2013 18:10

Int’l experts convene to discuss migration technology collaborations, educational opportunities.

With similar flight habits in their migratory paths all over the world, the osprey is the ideal bird for GPS tracking on a collaborative level, international experts agreed during a birding tour on Sunday.

Birding educators and professionals spoke to The Jerusalem Post during a field day in the Hula Valley and the Kinneret region that day, in preparation for a weeklong conference about monitoring osprey migration and using that the GPS satellite technology involved for streamlined, educational and conservation purposes.

On the Israeli side, the Kfar Blum conference was organized by Dr. Yossi Leshem, a senior researcher in Tel Aviv University’s zoology department, who has also worked for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). He currently serves as the founder and director of SPNI’s International Center for the Study of Bird Migration in Latrun. Also on the organizing team was Tim Mackrill, senior reserve officer at Rutland Osprey Project at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, who is also working on a PhD about ospreys.

“[Ospreys are] such an iconic species,” said Dr. Rob Bierregaard, an osprey expert who has been geo-tagging the birds in the United States since 2000.

“They’re the flagship bird of the coastal ecosystem,” he added.

No comments:

Post a Comment